Magic Johnson wants Lakers to stop shooting 3-pointers, explains why Gasol left

magic-johnson-talkThe LA Lakers had a rather rough last season, winning only 27 games of 82, and missing the playoffs as a result. One of those who didn’t like the way team was playing is Lakers legend Magic Johnson.

Johnson felt bothered the most by the team’s offense, which was mostly about shooting three pointers. Johnson expressed hope that with the new head coach in Byron Scott, this will change.

The Lakers shot 38.1 percent from the beyond the arc last season and lost their best outside shooter this summer with Jodie Meeks agreeing to a deal with the Detroit Pistons.

“The team is better than what we had last season, because we have more guys who can do more things than just shoot three-pointers,” said Johnson. “If I don’t see another three-pointer from a Laker team, I’ll be happy,” Johnson told LA Times.

Johnson also revealed why Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol has decided to leave LA and as a result ended up in Chicago. To some, it wasn’t a surprise, considering the trade rumors that circled Gasol for the past couple years.

At Byron Scott’s press conference, Magic Johnson said he spoke to Gasol before he made his decision to sign with the Chicago Bulls and the veteran forward understandably voiced frustration with how he was used in the offense last season.

According to reporter Serena Winters, ultimately, Gasol expressed to Johnson that those emotions were too great for him to overcome

According to Winters: “Magic said he had a long conversation w/ Pau Gasol before he ultimately made his decision to continue career in Chicago.”

Johnson, as Winters tweeted, said au was really hurt by the way he was treated, specifically how he was misused last year, and he couldn’t get over that.

Gasol was involved in several trade rumors towards the end of his career in Los Angeles. His discontent can be understood as his average minutes played per game had been drastically decreased since the 2010-2011 season.

Gasol went from 37.4 minutes during the 2011-12 season to 33.8 minutes the next season and finally 31.4 minutes last season, his final year as a Laker. It’s likely the four-time All-Star felt under-valued and under-appreciated, after being a crucial player in the Lakers back-to-back championship run.


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